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Electrician's memories of working at Wellman Alloys

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 26, 2014

By Phillip Evans

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ROOTING through my "I'll put this away it may come in handy one day box" recently, I came across this com memorative casting, pictured right, from Wellman Alloys nickel chrome founders of Stourbridge, made in 1980 from an electric induction furnace named 'Nick' to celebrate the first melt and cast of a new installation. Can anyone remember this occasion? There were other induction furnaces as well, but 'Alice' and 'Mabel' were electric arc furnaces.

I was employed there for a spell as an electrician until its closure under the so called 'Lazarus Scheme'.

Names remembered are - brothers Barry and John Nicklin, Johnny Green (who were moulders and casters).

Jack Glover, Mick Taylor (furnacemen), Jimmy Hill, Joe Round, Pete Roberts, Brian Hodgetts (fettlers). Colin Capewell, Stan Wiltshire (maintenance), Kenny Oldenal (tea maker and aux worker), Des ? (charge putter upper).

Pauline Harvey and Anne Dowler (office girls), George ? and mate (tube spinners).

Somewhere in the back of my mind Wellman Alloys had a contract to make boiler plates for a ship that had broken down in Australia - The Queen ?, Am I correct, does anyone remember this? Management at the time were Richard Pearson (financial), Melvyn Atkin (production), Arnold Gregory (sales).

I think 'Nick' may refer to Wellman organisation big boss at the time Nick Couch.

Philip John Evans,

19 Newbury Close,

Great Wyrley, Walsall.

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